I'm actually not sure what to write about, so this will probably be a bit rambling, and hopefully while babbling, I'll come up with enough thoughts/ideas for a second entry.
I did remember I forgot to mention that I got to fly first class when coming back from Knoxville. Granted, it was a short flight, from Denver to Reno, but it was my first time flying first class - got a free upgrade as I somehow flew enough last year to earn Premier status. I don't know, maybe both my Hong Kong and Tokyo flights last year were on United?
In any case, the extra leg room and space were nice, as was a real snack/meal (curry chicken wrap). On the other hand, I was much too tired to really appreciate it, and was asleep for 90% of the flight.
My brother invited me to Google+ (and posted "ernie was sad I didn't send him a CR-48, so I made sure to invite him to Google+"). While I appreciate the invite, I think the netbook would have been nicer, and I could have waited longer for Google+. ;) While there's been a limited number of invites people have made, I haven't seen any in my account. Not sure how they're doling out the invites - if they just activate them for awhile, if it's based on usage, or something else. In any case, it's made me ponder a bit about the nature of invites - I remember when gmail was starting up, and the invites were hot tickets, everyone wanting one. I even remember bugging my brother for one (which he hooked me up with), but I think the main reason I wanted to be an early adopter was to get in early on the namespace. Ideally, I would have wanted email@example.com, but that was taken long before I got there. Fortunately, I was able to get ernie.
As for Google+, it's interesting thus far. Interface seemed a bit awkward at first, but the more I use it, the more I come to appreciate the little touches and nuances that make it work. It doesn't have the critical mass of friends on it yet to make it a priority for me to check, but that could easily change. The circles feature seems slick, and it looks like it will make privacy much more customizable than Facebook - as far as I can tell, it's basically tagging, and you can choose which of your tags can see which of your stream posts. The major lacking feature thus far would seem to be Farmville. ;) No, in seriousness, the main thing that would help me would be better aggregation. While many tools allow for easy cross posting, Google+ obviously doesn't have much third party support, and it doesn't seem to pull content from non-Google sources very well. I saw an interesting comment that this may really drive Picasa traffic.